Mexican Spotlight fundraiser to benefit the International Festival

The sunny skies above the Mexican Mutual fundraiser added even more joy to an already exciting occasion: the fundraiser for the Lorain International Festival Spotlight.

The fundraiser was held May 7 at the Mexican Mutual Society, 1820 E. 28th St. in Lorain.

Customers had the opportunity to win a number of prizes through raffles as well as taste traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, rice and beans and of course margaritas, the classic Mexican drink .

Live music was also featured at the event which included not only an indoor dining area but also a fenced-in yard for patrons to relax and socialize.

“We are one of the last ethnic clubs. The kids are growing up and leaving South Lorain,” said Bill Ortega, a 10-year-old member who attended the event.

Heather Chapin – The Morning Paper

Organizers, left to right, Maria Christensen, Harold Avalos, Cathy Arenas and Eileen Camarillo pose during a fundraiser for the May 7 International Festival at the Lorain Mexican Mutual Society. (Heather Chapin – The Morning Paper)

“I appreciate it. I want to give back to my community,” Ortega said.

Back in the kitchen, Ruben Lopez looked like he was at home, busy preparing food with a smile on his face, chatting with people as they stopped for a visit.

“We promote cultural awareness and give everyone a view of Mexican ancestry and traditions,” Lopez said.

The Lorain International Festival and Bazaar is the town’s main annual event.

If the festival celebrates various heritages, each year it honors a nationality. The nationality in the spotlight this year is Mexican heritage.

The festival starts at the end of June.

Meanwhile, the Mexican Mutual will continue its fundraising efforts until then, Ortega said.

Plans are in the works for an upcoming event which has yet to be announced, he added.

This year’s fundraiser was considerably smaller than previous years, according to Lopez.

Lopez has prepared to serve 100 to 150 people this year while in the past as many as 400 people have attended the event.

However, “COVID killed that,” Lopez said.

Traditionally, the Mexican Mutual organizes a parade in addition to the fundraiser, he said.

But with the restrictions of the last two years due to the pandemic, the parade continues to be suspended.

The group hopes the parade will return in the future, Lopez added.

Darcy J. Skinner